Tropical Futon covers befit a futon mattress for it is best during the day and comfortable during the night. Decorative sheet sets are also suitable futon covers. By the way, what is a futon? Is it a day bed, a sofa bed or a couch?

A futon as Americans call it is a shikibuton, meaning mattress to Japanese. The American concept however has expanded to mean a sofa or couch during the day and a sleeping space at night.

Futon is a living room as well as bedroom furniture. The refreshing property originating from an Eastern culture makes it popular among the Americans. It provides a novel home furnishing idea. The market for futon remains strong to students and apartment dwellers saving on space, aside from the fact that it is inexpensive. It is an ideal space for guest and convenient to move outdoors for any beneficial use.

There have been a lot of improvements on the futon furniture as well as the mattress since it became popular in the 70's. Today, futons are made of hard woods from oak to mahogany. The mattress from plain materials now comes in vibrant colors and choice fabrics. With tropical futon cover, it can turn an entire room into a new look quickly and economically.

A day bed is different from a futon because a day bed has a headboard constructed differently. It resembles a couch. For the day bed, the back of the couch serves as the headboard. For a futon, the back portion is actually the mattress folded to form a couch, whereas, the mattress of a day bed does not fold.

A sofa bed is a sofa with built-in bed. The bed is designed to fold into and out of the sofa to transform it from a couch or a loveseat into a bed. This provides a great alternative to a guest room by allowing a living room to turn into a place for overnight guest.

Sofa beds come in variety of style. Like a futon, a sofa bed may fold down from the back, or the seat may fold to reveal a frame and mattress. They come in different sizes.

Thicker mattress without spring is better if the futon will serve as bed and a couch. For a more comfortable sleep, thinner mattress may be topped with heavy foam or mattress pads and toppers. Futon mattress comes in different sizes, such as twin, full, and queen.

To protect the life of the mattress, buy at least one futon cover. Opt for one that is machine washable. Cotton sheet sets and other fine bed linens are also available in appropriate sizes. Some are decorative befitting a washable futon cover while others require dry cleaning. Washable futon covers are more convenient as they can be easily tossed in the washing machine.

Source by Marivic Malinao